Stink bug has growers on alert

05/26/2011 04:02:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and at Rutgers University have had success with parasites that attack stink bug eggs, Cook said.

Rutgers researchers have developed pheromone traps for the pests, she said.

“It’s very encouraging,” Cook said of the new research.

New Jersey blueberry growers aren’t overly worried about stink bugs, said Tim Wetherbee, sales manager for Diamond Blueberry Inc., Hammonton, N.J.

Not yet, anyway.

“It hasn’t been a concern thus far,” he said. “It’s something we want to keep abreast of, but it’s not an issue at this point in time.”


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